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Parent Information Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  Todos estos eventos son gratuitos excepto donde se indique.

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

VDOE Learning Acceleration Grants 

Grants of $1500 or $3000 are available for tutoring of K-12 children in many school subjects and support services.

Apply:  https://www.doe.virginia.gov/parents-students/for-parents/k-12-learning-acceleration-grants

Plan Ahead — Tech Camp:  Tech for Independent Living  

Tue. Aug. 9 to Fri. Aug. 12, in-person and virtual multiple formats

Individuals with I/DD and a family member receive training on using apps for travel, employment, safety, and activities of daily living.

Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/techcamp/

An Open Conversation with Temple Grandin:  Autism Expert, Author, and Scientist

Tue. Aug. 1, 1 pm, with replay link

Hear how her journey allowed her to break assumptions and forge a more successful path for neurodiverse individuals.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/temple-grandin-autism-spectrum-disorder-neurodiversity/?

Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Summer Picnic 

Fri. Aug. 4, 5:00-7:30 pm, VanDyke Park, Fairfax

Join a service activity followed by a cooked picnic dinner and activities for kids, youths, and adults.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-family-summer-picnic-and-service-event-tickets-642609070027

Family Engagement Summit. 

Aug. 5, 8:00 am-3:30 pm

Gain practical tools and strategies that can be implemented to improve outcomes for all students.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-family-engagement-summit-registration-622522269867

Co-Parenting After Divorce: How to Manage ADHD Consistently Across Households

Tue. Aug. 8,1 pm, with replay link

Consider how cooperation and consistency is crucial for managing ADHD symptoms amid transitions between two homes.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/coparenting-divorce-adhd-across-households/?

Measurable IEP Goals
Wed. Aug. 9, 6:30-8:00 pm

Learn about the benefits of high expectations, what are measurable goals, and why monitoring progress is so important.

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_54RqO9rLRzGcyzqVMmPKAg#/registration

ABCs of Behavior

Wed. Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 pm

Gain strategies to address unwanted behavior and an understanding of functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LKI2SbzDTIig-mQHABuqWw#/registration

Chat with an Attorney about Special Education

Thu. Aug. 17, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Free 45-minute appointments are available for parents to receive guidance and advice from an attorney on special education topics. 

Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/workshops/#stress

Avoiding & Recovering from 2e Burnout: Support for Gifted Students

Thu. Aug. 17, 1 pm, with replay link

Learn how to recognize signs of stress in twice exceptional students, and create systems that support your child’s success.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/signs-of-burnout-twice-exceptional-2e-students-adhd/

Unlocking the Future of ADHD: Advances in Research, Diagnosis, & Treatment

Wed. Aug. 23, 1 pm, with replay link

Consider current research on causes and subtypes of ADHD, and on promising therapies to retrain the brain for weaknesses.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/what-causes-adhd-advances-research-diagnosis-treatment/

Ins and Outs of IEP Meetings

Wed. Aug. 23, 6:30-8:00 pm

Learn what to expect at an IEP meeting, how to prepare for it, and how to work together afterwards to support your student.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_54RqO9rLRzGcyzqVMmPKAg#/registration

IEP University (IEPU)— Self-Paced Course ~ 6 hours

Mon. Aug. 28, to Sun. Sep.17 with access 24/7

Get accurate and useful information about IEP development and meetings including many practical strategies. 

Register:: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iep-university-iepu-registration-660519701207?aff=oddtdtcreator

Starting the School Year Strong: Strategies for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families

Tue. Aug. 29,  7-8 pm

This talk will focus on the unique challenges faced by formed families starting school and strategies to solve them.

Register:  https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/starting-the-school-year-strong-strategies-for-foster-adoptive-and-kinship-families-webinar/

Ongoing and On Demand

Accommodations for Recreational Classes and Camps with Fairfax County Parks

Accommodations include physical accessibility, ASL interpreters, assistive devices, sensitivity training for classmates, and staff training.

To request accommodations, email gary.logue@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703 324-8563

Scholarships for Classes with Fairfax County Parks

Children of families that receive public assistance (medicaid, free school lunch, SNAP, TANF) are eligible to take one set of classes per quarter for a $15 registration fee.

Information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/scholarships

The Arc@School Advocacy Curriculum    $99 for 6 months

Build your special education knowledge, know the law, and learn to advocate for the services your child needs.  Scholarship:  https://thearcus.surveymonkey.com/r/H7WNHB7

Purchase:  https://thearcatschool.org/advocacy-curriculum/?

Dyslexia & the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP Is in Tip-Top Shape

Webinar, available 24/7

Access:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frehRL58UTs

NAMI Basics

This 6-session course is for adults who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms (including ADHD and ASD).

Register:  https://www.nami.org/Videos/NAMI-Basics-OnDemand

Back-to-School ADHD Master Class — Self-Guided Course

This 10-part multimedia course has modules on accommodations, executive functions, behavior challenges, homework, learning differences, and more. 

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/download/adhd-school-master-class-ceus-teachers-parents/?

The Arc@School Advocacy Curriculum    $99 for 6 months

Build your special education knowledge, know the law, and learn to advocate for the services your child needs.  Scholarshiphttps://thearcus.surveymonkey.com/r/H7WNHB7

Purchase:  https://thearcatschool.org/advocacy-curriculum/?

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training

Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and strategies for effective advocacy.

Info: https://www.wrightslaw.com/webex/law.adv.index.htm   $50-$90

Advanced Training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions   

Participants will learn how to use the ALSUP assessment and how to solve problems collaboratively.   $149

Access:  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/2dayjan22

The Parent Playbook — 9 Module Online Course on Autism

From the VCU Autism Center for Excellence & Virginia Autism Council. An introduction on Autism Spectrum Disorder for families, including tips for caregivers, characteristics, interventions and recommended programs and services.

Access: https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/courses/parent_playbook.cfm

Two 9-1-1 Pre-Notification Programs Are Now Available

Both allow prior registration so that first responders will be aware of the special needs of individuals at the scene.

Fairfax County Emergency Health Profiles 


Ongoing medical and behavioral health conditions can be included, along with emergency contact information.

Fairfax County Community Connect 


The special needs of individuals, and information about pets and your residence can be included with emergency contacts.

Community Support Groups for Parents

All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate.  Participants are typically given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources.  Confidentiality is to be respected.

AAC Parent Group meets occasionally on Saturdays.  Contact:  Amanda amandam@skillbuildersllc.com or 703-941-7757 ext. 316

African American Culturally Focused Virtual Parent Café meets Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm.  Register at least 24 hours in advance by email BuildingStrongerFamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-7720 

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.com

Arlington Epilepsy Support Group, a list-serve, can be accessed at ARLepilepsy@googlegroups.com

Autism Dads meets one evening monthly.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com

Autism F.I.R.S.T. Family Support Group meets on the monthly, 9:30-11:00 am at 131 Elden St. #302, Herndon.  Register: https://autismfirstus.com/events/

Autism Society of NoVA Parents and Caregivers meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-8 pm via Zoom.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9466001682#success Meeting ID: 946 600 1682; One tap mobile (301) 715-8592

Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents

Alternate Fridays, May 29 and following, 9:00-10:30 am Via Zoom.  Connect with fellow special needs parents and business owners, build your referral network, and share best practices.  Contact:  https://thearcofloudoun.org/networking/ 

Cafés Virtuales Para Padres:  Miércoles de 7:00-8:30 pm.  Regístrese con al menos 24 horas de anticipación:   BuildingStrongerFamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov o 703-324-7720 

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Susan,  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 303-903-9972.
  • West Fairfax/Burke CHADD Parent Support Group  1st & 3rd Thur. of each month at 8:00 pm Contact:  Cathy,  ocgreulich@aol.com  

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm via Zoom.  Contact:  George gbuzby@aol.com or call 703- 545-6089.

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